Birth Control Coverage: Update

On October 6th, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services issued two rules rolling back a federal requirement that employers must include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans. The rules offer an exemption to any employer that objects to covering contraception services on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions. Approximately 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate (under the Affordable Care Act).